Saturday, September 10, 2016

30th Annual Literary Conference Looks at "Migrations"

By Lisa S. Icenogle, reposted from Casper College. We will have a guest post from conference presenter Julia Whyde on the blog on Tuesday.

The 30th Annual Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference “Migrations” will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22-23, 2016. The conference will feature a variety of writers and educators who will give both presentations and workshops during the two-day event.

Thursday morning will feature three speakers: writer Mark Spragg at 9, Julia Whyde at 10 and Linda Hogan at 11. Spragg, who along with his wife, Virginia, wrote the screenplay for the Lasse Hallstrom film “An Unfinished Life,” will speak on ”The Necessity of Narrative.” Whyde, Casper College English instructor, will share the Chinese “mountains and rivers” poetic tradition through an introduction to Wei’s “Wheel River Collection.” Hogan will discuss her work as a Chickasaw poet, essayist, novelist, and activist.

A banquet will be held at noon at the Goodstein Visual Arts Center and will include the Goodstein Art Gallery exhibit “Blackfeet Indian Tipis: Design and Legend.” The exhibit will feature a display of silkscreened plates, which show how tipis from the encampments of Blackfeet or Blood Reserves in 1944 or 45 appeared.

That afternoon two workshops will be held. The first, “Establishing Voice,” will feature Spragg who will focus on how a central character’s syntax, grammar, tempo, pace, and concept of time reveal story. The workshop will run from 1:15-2:45 p.m. Whyde will present “Translator/Traitor” from 3-4:30 p.m. Whyde’s workshop will provide attendees with an opportunity to think about issues in translation and will include practice translation exercises.

That night, Montana Skies, an award-winning musical duo playing electric cello and guitar across a wide variety of genres, will perform in concert at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church located at 318 E. 6th Street. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door and also through ARTCORE.

Friday morning’s offerings will begin at 8:30 when Rachel Clifton will announce the Wyoming Arts Council 2017 Fellowship Recipients in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. At 9 Joseph Campbell, Ph.D. will present “Breaking in to the Business: A Talk.” The novelist and Casper College English instructor will provide participants with an overview of the process of how to get their writing into the hands of the right people. A special showing of “Peacock’s War” will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed at 11 a.m. by filmmaker and writer Doug Peacock who will discuss “Combat Veterans, Wilderness Warriors: The Legacy of George Washington Hayduke.”

Two workshops will be held in the afternoon, the first featuring Hogan from 1:30-3 followed by Campbell from 3:15-4:45. In “Enchantment of the Ordinary,” Hogan will focus on the art of poetry. Campbell’s workshop, titled “Take the Safety Off” will focus on ways for writers to make their work more edgy and transgressive by taking away habits that can make their work safe for themselves and their readers. This particular workshop is for those 18 and older only.

The conference will finish with an evening poetry slam moderated by George Vlastos beginning at 8 at the Metro Coffee Company, located at 241 S. David Street in downtown Casper.

All morning presentations will take place in Durham Auditorium, located in Aley Hall, while all afternoon workshops will take place in Strausner Hall, Room 217. Aley Hall, Strausner Hall, and the Goodstein Visual Arts Center are located on the Casper College campus. Continuing Education Units are available for each workshop. All events, with the exception of the Montana Skies concert, are free and open to the public, but registration is required for all workshops. To sign up for workshops or for more information, contact Ann Dalton, workforce-training specialist, at 307-268-2085 or

The 2016 Casper College and ARTCORE Literary Conference “Migrations” is sponsored by ARTCORE, the Wyoming Arts Council, Metro Coffee Company, the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, the Casper College Art Galleries, the Casper College Foundation, and Casper College. A complete listing for the conference can be found at

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